Independent and Government
The Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program was created by State Legislature in 2001 and has been the continuing subject of various independent studies.
“Program participants are more likely to come from lower-performing public schools prior to entering the program. In addition, they tend to be among the lowest-performing students in their prior school, regardless of the performance level of their public school.”
“The typical student participating in the program tended to maintain his or her relative position in comparison with others nationwide. It is important to note that these national comparisons pertain to all students nationally, and not just low-income students.”
“Moreover, [scholarship students] were more likely to come from low performing public schools and less likely to be high performing students in their prior public schools before attending the program. This observation has not changed over time as similar figures were observed in the previous program reports.”
In 2006, the State Legislature required that every scholarship student take a nationally norm-referenced test approved by the state Department of Education (DOE) every year. Those test scores are reported to a research team that is under contract with DOE to write an annual evaluation. Evaluations are currently done by researchers at the Learning Systems Institute at Florida State University